John Beilein remembers his last 10-0 start, a reminder that nobody's perfect
ANN ARBOR -- Through 10 games, the Michigan basketball team is perfect.
It's the third time in program history that the Wolverines have started a season 10-0, and the first time since 1989 -- putting 2012-13 squad in relatively rare air early on.
For coach John Beilein, though, it's not uncharted waters.
In 2004-05, Beilein's West Virginia squad started the year 10-0, scoring eight of those wins by 10 points or more.
But in the team's 11th game, the fairy tale came crashing down -- as the Mountaineers were crushed on the road at Villanova by 38 points.
"The one thing that stands out that I did think about was that we had a West Virginia team that started out 10-0, wins at North Carolina State and LSU," Beilein recalled Tuesday night after Michigan's 67-39 win over Binghamton. "Then we got thumped, badly, and went into, all of a sudden, shock."
And that shock lasted a while.
The Mountaineers followed their 10-0 start with six losses in their next seven games, suddenly finding themselves back at the drawing board trying to figure out what went wrong.
"You've got to be careful when you get off to a start like this," Beilein said. "Because, when you do lose, some guys will overreact to it.
"You're going to lose."
Beilein was eventually able to right the ship that season, and in a big way, as West Virginia finished strong and played itself into the Elite Eight -- coming just a handful of possessions away from a Final Four.
That team learned a lesson in how to handle adversity when it comes along. And so did Beilein.
So far this season, the Wolverines haven't had any adversity. They've won every game. But Beilein -- and the rest of the club -- knows everything will get tougher as the year drags on.
It's pretty unlikely that Michigan will run the table this season. The Big Ten won't allow that.
But, for right now, the Wolverines' head coach is doing his best to keep things humble -- and remind his team that adversity will come, and when it does, Michigan will have to be ready to handle it.
"You're going to lose games," Beilein said. "There's only been one or two teams in the past 40 years that have gone undefeated. You're going to lose. And you're going to lose more than a few.
"But you've got to hang in there."
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